2006 Porsche Cayman S 2006 review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 30 August 2006 , 03:08:20 byEmil

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Porsche Cayman S 2006

Porsche today revealed the first official images of its anxiously awaited new sports car -- the 2006 Porsche Cayman S. Based on the Boxster? series, the two-seat coupe incorporates dramatic new styling, a powerful 295 hp (SAE) engine, and features and options made popular by Porsche`s current range of sports cars. It is positioned and priced between the Porsche 911? Carrera? and Porsche Boxster S.

While easily recognizable as a member of the Porsche sports car family, the Cayman S has its own distinctive look. Among its unique styling features are its dynamic new coupe silhouette, aerodynamic upper windshield sill, curvaceous rear fenders, fog lamps integrated into the front air intakes, exclusively designed side air intakes, automatically extending rear spoiler, and newly styled dual sport tailpipes. Beneath the new model`s distinguishing hatchback is a rear storage area twice the size (9.2 cu. ft.) of that found in the Boxster.

The Cayman S`s muscular 3.4-liter, flat-six cylinder engine propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.1 seconds and to a top track speed of an impressive 171 mph. The engine is equipped with the same VarioCam? Plus variable valve timing system as found on the 2005 911 Carrera. It allows the engine to produce its maximum torque of 255 ft. lbs. between 4,200 and 6,000 rpm.

This engine power is transmitted through the Boxster S`s standard six-speed manual transmission that has been enhanced for the Cayman S with shortened and more precise shift travel. Offered as an option, the five-speed Tiptronic? S automatic transmission system has been tuned specifically for the new model, incorporating unique electronic and hydraulic control maps.

Handling and safety are enhanced with the fitting of 18-inch wheels and tires and the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system as standard equipment. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which allows the driver to select between the comfort of a grand touring car and the track-ready precision of a genuine high-performance sports car at the touch of a button, is available as an option.

The Cayman S will go on sale in the United States and Canada in mid January of 2006 at a price of $58,900 US.

New Design with that Well-Known Porsche Look

The Cayman S stands out as a genuine Porsche at very first sight, boasting classic design features reminiscent in part of the Porsche 550 Coup? introduced back in 1953 and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coup?, a legend to this day. At the same time the new Sports Coup? stands out significantly in its design and proportions from both the Boxster and the 911.

The front end of the car with its separate foglamps is just as characteristic as the side-line with air scoops upfront of the rear axle, the strongly curved roof, and the rear section slowly tapering down to the bumper. The rear end, in turn, is dominated by the large tailgate perfectly accentuated and rounded off by the sweeping lines of the rear wings and the dual tail-pipe extending out right in the middle.

Six-Cylinder with VarioCam Plus Valve Management

The six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit featured in the Cayman S is based on the 3.2-litre carried over from the Boxster S. The cylinder heads, together with VarioCam Plus camshaft and valve lift adjustment, come in their entirety from the 911 Carrera, VarioCam Plus thus making its debut for the first time outside of the 911 model series.

This elaborate valve management not only ensures supreme output of 295 bhp (217 kW) at 6250 rpm and powerful torque of 340 Newton-metres (251 lb-ft) between 4400 rpm and 6000 rpm, but also provides superior fuel economy of just 10.6 litres/100km equal to 26.6 mpg Imp.

Sports Chrono for Even Better Performance

The Porsche Sports Chrono Package is tailored to the driver wishing to use the potential of the Cayman S in every respect. Offering even more powerful engine control maps and management strategies, the Sports Chrono Package pushes the car?s extreme limits to the ut-most. The visual symbol bearing clear testimony to the Sports Chrono Package is the ana?logue/digital stopwatch on the instrument panel allowing an absolutely precise comparison of driving dynamics down to the last hundredth of a second.

On a race track like the Nordschleife, Northern Circuit of N?rburgring, the supreme performance ensured by the Sports Chorno Package means even quicker lap times, the Cayman S equipped with Sports Chrono lapping N?rburgring an impressive three seconds faster than the same car in ?regular? trim.

Sporting Suspension for Supreme Agility

Compared with the Boxster, the chassis and suspension of the new Cayman S comes with even firmer and more sporting springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. This particular set-up, combined with the neutrality of the mid-engined concept, the extremely stiff body and performance-oriented 18-inch tyres, ensures supreme agility on the road in virtually every situation. And a high standard of active safety is virtually built in from the start, Porsche Stabi?lity Management (PSM) starring as a regular feature in the Cayman S.

A Very Special Option on the Suspension: the Active Damper System

A further highlight comes as an optional extra: Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM for short. This enables the driver, at the touch of a button, to choose either a sporting but comfortable or an ultra-sporting and dynamic damper setting, improving either the car?s already high standard of long-distance comfort or the supreme quality of driving dynamics.

Reliable Brakes Free of Fading ? and with Ceramic Brake Discs as an Option

Cross-drilled, inner-vented brake discs measuring 318 millimetres (12.5?) in diameter at the front and 299 millimetres (11.8?) at the rear ensure exemplary stopping power in the Cayman S. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) available as an option come with even larger brake discs measuring 350 millimetres or 13.8? in diameter and are made of a special ceramic material for even lighter weight. The big advantages in this case are an ultra-high and consistent frictional coefficient as well as wear reduced to an absolute minimum in everyday motoring.

Six Airbags for Supreme All-Round Protection

The Cayman S naturally offers the supreme standard of passive safety so typical and characteristic of every Porsche. Full-size frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger, just as one example, ensure superior safety in a head-on collision, while a thorax and a head airbag provide the same kind of protection in a collision from the side. The brand name for this unique safety system is POSIP (Porsche Side Impact Protection) further supplemented by side impact protectors in the doors.

410 Litres (14.35 cu ft) Luggage Capacity in Two Luggage Compartments

Offering a total of 410 litres or 14.35 cu ft luggage capacity, the Cayman S has everything it takes for all your leisure time enjoyment. Whether it?s your diving equipment or a snow-board ? virtually everything fits into the car, with up to 260 litres or 9.1 cu ft of luggage space beneath the large tailgate.
Added to this large luggage compartment at the rear, there is the front luggage compartment offering another 150 litres or 5.25 cu ft, not to mention several large and, in part, lockable storage compartments for all kinds of smaller odds and ends.

Power in the Middle

Introducing the Cayman S, Porsche offers the customer a new Sports Coup? positioned between the Boxster and the 911 Carrera. Based on the Boxster model series, this mid-engined sports car comes in different dimensions and has an even more powerful engine: The new 3.4-litre six-cylinder mounted upfront of the rear axle of the Cayman S develops maximum output of 295 bhp (217 kW) at 6250 rpm, giving this 1340 kg (2955 lb) sports car a power-?to-weight ratio of 4.5 kilos per horsepower (6.2 kg/kW) and ensuring acceleration to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds. Top speed is 275 km/h or 183 mph, attributable inter alia to the outstanding drag coefficient of just 0.29.

Unique Design in that Typical Porsche Style

In its design, the Cayman S clearly boasts all the styling elements of a Porsche re-interpreted in a very different look. The new face of the car, for example, is characterised by the asymmetric headlights moved far out to the outside and is further accentuated by large air intakes at the side accommodating the foglamps and position lights integrated in slender trim bars.

The Cayman S comes as standard with clear glass H7 main headlights in projection technology, with bi-xenon headlights available as an option.

The lines of the car from the side accentuate the particular position of the mid-mounted engine as well as the compact body of this exceptional Sports Coup?.

The side view is dominated by flared wheel arches extending far out and rising higher up to accommodate the car?s wheels, as well as the strong curvature of the roof tapering down to the low and dynamic rear end. The side air scoops clearly bear testimony to the Boxster, but nevertheless add a new and unique touch through the vertical slats stretching elegantly from top to bottom.

A further new and unique feature is the special design of the newly developed 18-inch wheels reminiscent in their look of the Carrera GT. And over and above these standard wheels, the customer has the choice of four 19-inch wheels varying in their rim design.

The rear lights and the exhaust tailpipes in the middle of the car also reveal the link between the Cayman S and the Boxster. Each of these features highlights the new design language, with a clear focus on muscle, excitement and tension. This special look is further accentuated by the sweeping rear wings literally ?flowing? above the tail lights and the horizontal trim bars merging into the specially designed dual tailpipes to the left and right.

Lots of Room at the Rear

A truly unique feature of the Cayman S is the extra-large 116 x 90 centimetre (45.7 x 35.4?) tailgate integrated into the rear end of the car. Stretching in a muscular, sweeping flow into the roofline, the tailgate offers generous access to the luggage compartment at the rear.

This extra-large luggage compartment is subdivided into two levels separated visually from one another by a stainless-steel trim strip. Luggage capacity at the rear is 185 litres or 6.48 cu ft up to the bottom of the window, with an even more significant 260 litres or 9.10 cu ft when using all the space available up to roof level.

Capacity of the second luggage compartment at the front is 150 litres or 5.25 cu ft, as in the Boxster. In all, this gives the driver up to 410 litres or 14.35 cu ft of luggage space, the Cayman S thus offering not only supreme sportiness and performance, but also a new standard of all-round function and practical value.

Superior Aerodynamics: Drag Coefficient 0.29

Featuring a drag coefficient of 0.29, the Cayman S ranks way ahead of the competition also in terms of aerodynamics. The know-how making this superiority possible comes out clearly in every detail, various improvements reducing lift forces on all four wheels by 14 kilos or 31 lb on each wheel in comparison with the Boxster at a speed of 270 km/h or 167 mph.

At the rear this strong downforce is mainly a result of the new split wing moving up approximately 80 millimetres or 3.15? as soon as the car exceeds a speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph. Contrary to a spoiler of the type to be found in the Boxster, a split wing of this kind keeps air resistance to a minimum while generating powerful downforce through the specific angle of the wing. And, finally, these aerodynamic benefits are rounded off by the underfloor cover extending almost completely from front to rear and side to side.

Fast-Revving Six-Cylinder Featuring Porsche VarioCam Plus

The power unit in the Cayman S is Porsche?s first six-cylinder outside of the 911 model series to boast VarioCam Plus technology. Based on the 3.2-litre engine of the Boxster S, the power unit featured in the Cayman S comes with the same cylinder heads as in the 911 Carrera, the Cayman S thus combining powerful muscle and acceleration with superior top-end performance and low fuel consumption: In the EU composite test, Porsche?s new Sports Coup? consumes only 10.6 litres of premium plus/100 km, equal to 26.6 mpg Imp.

And it almost goes without saying that the new Cayman S outperforms both the EU4 European emission standard and the LEVII standard in the USA.

Power transmission in the Cayman S is provided by a six-speed manual gearbox ensuring a precise and ultra-short gearshift. Tiptronic S automatic transmission comes as an option, the five-speed automatic transmission unit in this two-seater Sports Coup? boasting new hydraulic and electronic management with all the benefits of the variable gearshift programs carried over from the Carrera.

Chassis and Suspension: Sporting and Firm

The chassis and suspension of the Cayman S is based on the same overall concept as the suspension of the Boxster S, but is far more sporting and dynamic in its overall set-up. This specific configuration in conjunction with the very strong, torsionally and flexurally-resistant bodyshell gives the Cayman S a new standard of driving behaviour and sports handling never seen before ? sporting performance with superior safety reserves, but without neglecting driving comfort in any way.
These handling qualities in general as well as the car?s lateral acceleration in particular are further enhanced by the mid-engined concept with its ideal balance of weight front-to-rear. Indeed, this superiority is cleared confirmed by the Cayman S fast lap times, with the car lapping the Northern Circuit of N?rburgring in just 8:20 minutes.

As an option the Cayman S is available with Porsche?s electronically controlled Active Sus?pension Management (PASM) lowering the entire car by 10 millimetres or almost 0.4? and enabling the driver to choose two different suspension set-ups at the touch of a button: The PASM Normal set-up activates a sporting but comfortable configuration, the PASM Sport set-up makes the suspension extra-sporting and dynamic.

High-Performance Brakes Finished in Red

In its basic features and components, the brake system is the same as in the 911 Carrera and Boxster S, thus offering brake power and resistance to fading of the highest calibre. At the front brake power is generated by four-piston monobloc fixed callipers acting on inner-vented brake discs measuring 318 millimetres or 12.52? in diameter. At the rear the Cayman S likewise comes with brake discs measuring 299 millimetres or 11.77? in diameter and also featuring four-piston monobloc fixed callipers. All four callipers are finished in red as a particular sign of distinction.

As an option the Cayman S is available with Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes or PCCB for short. This brake system excels above all by its four extra-light ceramic brake discs ensuring a high and consistent frictional coefficient without the slightest delay and keeping wear to an absolute minimum under regular driving conditions.

Porsche?s Sports Chrono Package for Even More Dynamic Performance

The Sports Chrono Package is yet another unique and exclusive Porsche option also available on the Cayman S. Giving various functions of the car a particularly sporting and dynamic set-up, the Sports Chrono Package modifies both the car?s engine management and Porsche Stability Management (PSM), as well as the shift behaviour and the gearshift speed of Tiptronic S and the particular characteristics of Porsche?s active PASM suspension, where fitted.

As a result, the Cayman S responds even more dynamically and directly to the gas pedal, offering the driver even greater freedom when driving to the limit thanks to the car?s more sporting and dynamic set-up.

Using the Sports Chrono Program, the Cayman S Sports Coup? laps the Northern Circuit of N?rburgring another three seconds faster than usual.

Passive Safety with that Supreme Porsche Standard

Offering supreme structural stiffness all round the passenger cell, the Cayman S has everything it takes to ensure passive safety of the highest standard. Apart from three-point inertia-reel seat belts complete with belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters, two-stage full-size airbags on the driver?s and passenger?s side come as standard. A further standard feature is the POSIP Porsche Side Impact Protection System comprising, inter alia, a thorax and a head airbag on each side of the car, again in the interest of extra all-round safety.